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Date of Birth 15 September 1875Paris, France
Date of Death 15 February 1963Hollywood, California, USA
Birth NameLouis Joseph Gasnier

Mini Bio (1)

French-born Louis J. Gasnier was a stage actor/director/producer in Paris when he was hired by Pathe to direct comedy shorts. After discovering and showcasing comedian Max Linder, Gasnier was sent by Pathe to the U.S. in 1912 to run its operation there. He helped to make Pathe a major player in the U.S. market by cleverly concentrating on the serial format, coming out with such landmark serials as The Perils of Pauline (1914). Like many silent-film directors, however, Gasnier couldn't successfully make the transition to sound. Many of his sound films were ultra-low-budget cheapies destined for the independent states-rights market, and he often required the collaboration of dialogue directors (who received co-director credit) to handle the actors' line readings. Gasnier's most famous film has to be the cult classic Reefer Madness (1936) (aka "Reefer Madness"), an unintentionally hilarious anti-marijuana polemic.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Gertrude (? - ?)
Gertrude "Trudy" Ellison (? - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (3)

Close to his death, he had very little money.
Owner of production company Louis J. Gasnier Productions.
President of Astra Film Co. (aka Astra Film Corp.), active from 1915-1916.

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